Dates & TimeSat, Apr 13, 2019 | 8pm
LocationGrande Exposition Hall
Ticket Price$30 - $40
Academy Award winner Steven Wright is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. Wright got his big break when he was booked for his first “Tonight Show” appearance on Friday, Aug. 6, 1982. The king of late night enjoyed the performance so much he invited Wright to appear again the following Thursday, a rarity on “The Tonight Show.” His back-to-back appearances helped put his fledgling career into high gear. The comic soon found himself performing his off-beat routines on “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and numerous trips back to “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” Now, Steven Wright is performing live at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
Wright expanded his comedy career to include comedy albums, film and television appearances. His 1985 debut album, “I Have a Pony,” earned him a GRAMMY™ nomination. In 1985, he starred in his first HBO Special “A Steven Wright Special.” In 1989, Steven was honored with an Academy Award™ for Best Short Film for his film “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings” in which he starred and co-wrote.
Wright has been in numerous films including “Desperately Seeking Susan,” Mike Meyers’ “So I Married An Axe Murderer,” Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” and Nora Ephron’s “Mixed Nuts.” He was the voice of the DJ, K-Billy, in “Reservoir Dogs” and starred with John Cleese and Jack Palance in New Line’s animated film, “The Swan Princess” as the voice of Speed, the turtle. Wright also appeared as a sitcom actor in MGM’s “Speechless” with Harry Shearer, and as a Mountie in the MGM release “Canadian Bacon”, opposite the late John Candy.
Wright was honored as the first inductee into The Boston Comedy Hall of Fame in 2008. The ceremony included performances by legendary Boston comedians Tony V, Don Gavin, Lenny Clarke, Kenny Rogerson, Steve Sweeney, Mike Donovan, Barry Crimmins, Mike McDonald and Fran Solomita. In 2013 he received The Johnny Carson Comedy Legend Award. The award is given each year to a celebrated comedian who has been influenced by Carson in some way and has left his or her own mark on the comedy world. In past years, award recipients have included Dick Cavett, Cloris Leachman and Ed Asner.
Wright is a regular guest with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers and continues touring the U.S., Canada and overseas.
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